Off the Racecourse

Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle hosts social and educational events that may not involve a starting-sequence but will help you meet fellow racers, connect with crew and skippers, allow you to expand your sailing education, and make your racing even more enjoyable.

    • 7 May 2019
    • 28 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • CYC Shilshole
    • 15

    Join us and learn to race sailboats!

    Corinthian Yacht Club offers several ways to help you get started sailboat racing or brush up on your skills. The Rookie Rally Educational series provides a solid foundation of racing skills via classroom instruction, hands-on exercises, and on-the-water activities. It is primarily a class room course with one on-the-water session. Our educational committee members are also glad to meet with you to help you work towards your racing goals.

    Bruce Van Deventer will be leading this educational series. Bruce is an experienced keelboat and dinghy racer, competing in everything from club races to international and world championships. He is also an experienced race officer and currently campaigns a 505 and a Melges 24.

    What this course includes:

    Tuesday, May 7 “Welcome to the Racecourse”: Walk through a typical race, handicap racing, one design, distance vs buoy races, paperwork/organizational requirements, conduct of a race per the racing rules of sailing, reading sailing instructions, starting sequence, and basic rules.

    Tuesday, May 14 Starting & Upwind Legs: Rules during starting, finding the favored end of the line, standard starting tactics, the advantaged side of the course vs the advantaged side of the starting line, rules when sailing to windward, and at the weather mark.

    Tuesday, May 21 Finishing & Downwind Legs: Downwind angles, gybing on wind shifts, rules when sailing downwind, leeward mark rounding rules and tactics, favored end of the finish line, rules when finishing.

    Tuesday, May 28 Boat Speed Basics: Foils above and below the water, balance, main, jib, and rig controls, windward sail trim in light, medium, and heavy air, downwind trim, how to read a tuning guide, basic tuning for keelboats.

    On-the-water Training
    We expect to have at least one on-the-water practice session at Shilshole at the end of the series. We also will provide you with the opportunity to come out and help with the Race Committee on a weeknight race, which puts you in the center of the action! You need to have appropriate sailing gear, including a PFD, and basic sailing skills. This is a great opportunity to expand your skill base, move to another position on the boat, or start racing your own boat!

    Recommended textbooks to purchase for the class:
    Getting Started in Sailboat Racing by Adam Court and Richard Stearns
    Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing by Dave Perry

    This is a primarily classroom course.

    $50 for members / $100 for non-members

    For information or questions, please contact Lise (pronounced Leeza) Anderheggen-Leif at

    • 9 May 2019
    • 30 May 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • CYC Shilshole
    • 1

    CYC is offering an opportunity for women to learn to race, improve their sailing skills, and build camaraderie among female sailors of all levels of experience, from newbies to advanced. Participants will be assigned to boats according to their levels of comfort and skill.

    Classes are held on boats at Shilshole Marina that belong to CYC members. We will be meeting at assigned boats between 5:30 and 6:00 to rig, and leaving the dock at 6:15 sharp. Following the class each week we will meet for a social at CYC. Dinner is included in the course fee and there is a no host bar available.

    Women’s Learn to Race  – May 9th , 16th , and May 30th

    Learning to Race will be divided by boat depending on whether participants are newer to sailing, or experienced racers who want to improve their skills. You will learn sail trim, tactics and strategy, and work in the different positions on a race boat. You will find out what is involved in a race and how they are run.

    $75 per session for members / $125 per session for non-members

    Questions? Contact event coordinators Catlin Gibson and Sue Drake - 
    • 31 May 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • CYC Shilshole - upstairs

    Mark Laura, a J/24 North American champion and North U Instructor, presents on tactics and strategy on the eve of the Blake Island race. Mark has been a coach for three World Championship teams and a US Olympic Sailing Coach as well as teaching hundreds of seminars in five different countries.

    Mark will touch on many topics, including:
    Starting theory
    Sail flow and helm balance
    Leverage and separation
    Wind shift analysis 
    Puget Sound sailing concepts

    A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

    Please RSVP!

Thank you, Business Members!

Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle
7755 Seaview Ave NW (Pier V)
Seattle WA 98117
(206) 789-1919

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